The filmmaker-friendly TIFF has a long-standing
principle that will it will not screen films where there is dispute from the
director over the cut. Even though the pic had been accepted, once Cullen filed
his complaint in LA Superior Court earlier this week over unpaid fees and the
producers taking over the film, London Fields was on tricky TIFF
grounds. With no immediate solution in sight before tomorrow’s public premiere,
fest organizers leaned to the director’s favor. This policy proved fatal for American
History X back in the late 1990sas director Tony Kaye rebuffed the
cut of the Edward Norton-starring film and unsuccessfully attempted to have his
name taken off it.
Here is the statement from the London Fields
"We are greatly disappointed that TIFF decided to
pull the film from the festival. We have always loved launching our films here,
but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made
against our rights.
"It’s the first time we have ever heard of a
festival removing a movie from the festival due to its imagery being deemed too
"The timing and the content of the director’s
lawsuit shows thatit is a publicity stunt. The filing of Mathew Cullen’s
complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA.
Sadly, Mathew can’t deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut
of the movie. He was given two deadlines to deliver a "director’s cut”
and missed both deadlines. His guild has rules for withdrawing his name
from the picture and he missed those deadlines.
"The production company will vigorously oppose the